This coming week, Sherri Hope Culver will be presenting at the Media Literacy 360° Forum and Fair. This event brings journalists, educators, and other professionals to Bratislava, Slovakia to discuss how the digital environment can improve information literacy regionally and globally, with the increasing importance of data and news literacy. Sherri will present on the topic “The path to media literacy begins with kids” and conduct a workshop with Nikos Panogiotou (Aristotle University) titled, “Active citizens against disinformation: applying media literacy”. The Media Literacy 360° Forum and Fair will take place on December 11-12, 2018. For the event livestream, see here!
On November 5, the Center for Media and Information Literacy hosted a screening and post-screening panel discussion of the documentary “The Problem with Apu”. The film focuses on the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, an Indian immigrant in the animated sitcom The Simpsons who, for a period, was the only figure of South Asian heritage to appear regularly on mainstream U.S. television. The film explores encounters with negative stereotypes, racial microaggressions and slurs against people of Indian and South Asian heritage disseminated through the character.
On Monday, October 1st, Sherri Hope Culver, CMIL Director, presented to 28 participants in the Foreign Press Center’s International Reporting Tour on Media Literacy and Combatting Disinformation. Tour participants included reporters from across the globe including Peru, Nepal, Latvia, Brazil, and Canada. Culver covered a variety of topics in her presentation including media literacy initiatives and organizations related to the subject, though journalists were most interested in fake news and the influence the current White House administration has had on news literacy.
Sherri Hope Culver, CMIL Director, presented on the topic of “The identity of teenagers in social networks” at the first ever Media Literacy Forum of the Mexico IFT (Institute of Federal Communications), an autonomous regulatory authority for telecommunications and broadcasting. The Institute (equivalent to the US FCC) is new in the country, since 2013, however it has developed a powerful and innovative agenda, including media literacy.
The forum focuses on parents, educators, and youth, and hopes to provide information about media literacy tools that will help these groups create media content that allows audiences to become more participative. One of the main objectives of the forum is to review the current status and expectations related to Media Literacy within Mexico while learning more about international practices related to the topic.
The annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week was celebrated this year from October 24-31 under the theme “Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers and Change Makers”.
UNESCO, UNAOC, the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network, and the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnership on MIL (GAPMIL), in partnership with local hosts Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and University of Latvia (Latvia) organized the feature conference, the Eighth MILID Conference, which was held on October 24-25 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The connected Youth Agenda Forum took place in Latvia on October 26.
On Thursday. April 12th, the Center for Media and Information Literacy hosted its first ever Children’s Media Career Symposium at Temple University. The evening consisted of panels on trends in children’s media and career opportunities in the industry, followed by networking time where students had the opportunity to talk more in-depth with panelists about the children’s media industry. The full report and video from the event can be found here!
An international media literacy research symposium was held in Lisbon, Portugal April 20, 2018,at the beautiful Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. This is the second time the symposium will take place–the first one was held at Fairfield University in Connecticut, USA on March 21, 2014.
Join us in Greece in Summer 2019 for the International Media Summer Academy!
Today, accurate information is an increasingly critical resource for our understanding of the world.
Building on the success of the 2018 Summer School, we are looking forward to welcoming another
group of participants from all over the world to Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy in July of 2019.
Come Join CMIL for the Children’s Media Symposium!
Remember how much you loved Sesame Street? Spongebob Squarepants? Dora the Explorer? Maybe you still do! Have you considered a career in this growing field? Media companies are investing BILLIONS (yes, “B”) in developing new content for this young audience, including apps, games, podcasts, and television. Learn about new opportunities, trends in the field, how to get your start, etc.